This rule was instituted after BC got dropped all the way to Boise in our first year in the conference. Despite it being attached to us, most of the ACC supports the concept as it adds some level of meritocracy to the selection process. Without out the rule, the big travelers (Clemson, FSU, VT and NC State) would go to best bowls before the Miamis and BCs of the conference.
I am sorry to see the Gator go but glad the conference took a stand. Plus the Champs Bowl was a good time in 2007.